As several dozen members of the Mountain Top business community looked on in anxious anticipation, the governor of Pennsylvania rolled up to the Crestwood Industrial Park in a shiny black SUV. There to celebrate the opening of LOOK Trailers on Oct. 11 and take part in a ceremonial ribbon cutting, Tom Wolf was all smiles as he entered the new facility and he made it a point to personally greet and shake hands with all in attendance.
“They make a really good product and their work force is second to none,” Wolf remarked of LOOK Trailers. The company, which has four other locations, was brought to the Crestwood Industrial Park by the Governor’s Action Team or GAT.
The GAT is a group of economic development professionals working to establish or expand businesses in Pennsylvania. Matt Arnold, president of LOOK, stated that the GAT was integral in getting his company to Mountain Top. The GAT created a funding package with $130,000 in job creation tax credits and an employee training grant for $15,750, Wolf explained.
While the state can take some credit for LOOK coming here, Wolf continued that it’s the quality of the company that should be recognized. “Matt is concerned about his customers and he is concerned about his employees. He does his business on a handshake,” the governor said.
LOOK Trailers is the largest company in the country that manufactures cargo trailers. Working now from the former Cornell Iron Works building, which had been vacant for years, LOOK has already hired 52 employees in Mountain Top and Arnold noted that he hopes to have 75 workers by the end of the year.
“We are hiring in all departments,” he reported, adding that those experienced in welding or construction can be trained to work at LOOK.
“If you’re in business, you want to succeed, you want to be close to your market, and you want a good workforce. We can give that to you right here in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said.
“Pennsylvania is open for business and manufacturing is alive and well here,” remarked John Augustine, president and CEO of PENN’s Northeast, which operates the industrial park.
Augustine boasted that the Crestwood Industrial Park, built in 1950, was the first industrial park built in Pennsylvania. Everything is made here, he said, from tortilla chips to mattresses to Gatorade to semiconductors. To Arnold, he added, “You know you chose right when you chose Wright Township.”
The Mountain Top community, Augustine continued, works together as a team. He pointed out representatives of local fire and police departments, as well as the Crestwood School District who were in attendance at the ribbon cutting, showing their commitment to supporting local businesses.
Of Wolf, Augustine said he’s “worked tirelessly to bring economic development to the state of Pennsylvania.” He also called Senator Lisa Baker, who stood alongside Wolf during the ribbon cutting, “a friend to small business.”
Baker called LOOK Trailers “a world-class company” and commended it for “repurposing a building that has been a vital part of the Mountain Top community.”
Augustine concurred of the old Cornell Iron Works facility being used again, “It’s just an exciting sight to see manufacturing here.”